App Developer: Amos Latteier, Illustrated by Melinda Matson
Version: 2.0 - April 3, 2011
Age Level: Ages 6 to 10
Available on iTunes
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Features: Read to Me (Beginner Level) * Three Reading Levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)*Optional drag white dot to navigate*Swipe the page turn feature*Extras (Glossary, Questions, Ant Resources)
Settings: Music - Volume Control; Narrator - On/Off Button - Beginning Level Only
Category: Non-fiction, Educational
Additional Review that may be of interest: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=70
Description from iTunes:
Explore the amazing world of the ants! The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants is a beautifully designed, educational, and quirky children's iPad App. Its adjustable reading level making it appealing to a wide range of children and adults.
Thoughts on this book app:
This app is brilliant! I have looked at dozens of apps and though I am not an app designer, I can often think of several suggestions or ideas for how to improve the app. In the case of The Strange and Wonderful World of Ants by Amos Latteier, I truly don't have any suggestions. The only request is can we have more non-fiction ebook apps like this one?
This app has three levels - beginner, intermediate, and advanced which allows a parent to share the book with a young child, or a beginning reader to navigate the book independently, or even an adult to enjoy the advanced level information. From the beginning of the book, there is a very realistic appropriately sized ant named E.O. who helps provide additional information.
Here is an example of the language used by E.O. at the various levels:
Beginner Level: "Hello, I am E.O. the ant. I am here to tell you about ants. Ants are everywhere. Take a look. Where you can find us?"
Intermediate Level: "Hello, I am E.O. the ant. I will try to help you understand us ants better. Where can you find ants? Take a look. You can find us almost everywhere, in the grass, on trees, and between the cracks in the sidewalk."
Advanced Level: "Hello, I'm E.O. the ant. My nest suggested that I be the ant ambassador to you humans in the hope that you'll understand us better. Where can you find ants? There are probably some ants in your house right now. Take a look. You can find us almost everywhere, in the grass, on trees, and between the cracks in the sidewalk."
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If you are looking for educational apps to share with your own children or in a classroom setting, I would certainly recommend this app. Additionally, the price is very right at $1.99. If you only download one ebook app this month, you may want to consider this one.